Pain in the neck and why why you have it

Fix the pain in the neck

If your neck hurts while or after doing Pilates, let’s say in your 100’s, something’s up. First off: where does it hurt? 1. front or 2. back.

1. The front hurts:

Congratulations, you’re working your deep neck flexors and if you sit in front of a computer all day, they pretty much don’t exist. The computer posture or “turtle neck” is connected to many other imbalances (dysfunctions) in our body. Achy neck, tight and rounded forward shoulders, back pain… working your neck will tremendously improve all of the above. It’s important to know HOW to work your neck.

2. The back hurts

Check and see what muscles are actually contracted while lifting. Front or back. My bet: your muscles in the back of your neck are working (habitually holding your head up) and it’s not their job, at least in that position! Muscles pull bones. So get into the front of the neck to pull your head up, rather than pushing from the back. Start by just lifting the neck a tiny bit. Is the front activating? Then proceed to TILT your head on your neck, chin directionally moving towards the sternum to functionally stretch the back. Keep looking towards your toes or pubic bone to avoid the back muscles taking over. Keep the brain back to avoid more pushing from the back.

Important here:

If you can’t sustain the position for your 100’s, lower down. Don’t practice the shitty position. All you get is …. yeah, right! Be humble. Don’t do it because the neighbor is doing it too. Do YOU! Your instructor should be watching you and correct you if your head position is wrong. If your neck is weak, it will be challenging and maybe “hurting” a bit, but know you’re also getting stronger.

Please keep in mind, it takes time and effort to change your patterns, but know, you can change them!!!

 

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Show here: me and my double chin doing the 100’s.

Pilates and Scoliosis

 

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Scoliosis in the spine can be a source of pain and discomfort for some people. While most of us have scoliosis to some degree that goes unnoticed or without complication, the more severe cases can make a normal pain free life impossible. While there are surgical options (bone dis-formation) the idiopathic scoliosis can be “treated” with plain old exercise, I personally would opt for Pilates.

Pilates is a wonderful tool to help change muscular imbalances and change posture and alignment. The Pilates equipment lends itself to create a very specific movement plan for each individual. Each clients need will be addresses. The client above is not only standing taller but her shoulders and hips are in a better place. Can you can see the difference? This was her first session and it took about 20 minutes.

If you suffer from Scoliosis it would benefit you to first balance your spine and hips before you exercise.  Avoid strengthening your faulty pattern. Let us help you in helping your body stand up straighter and perform better.

Pilates for Scoliosis. Find out more!

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Aging gracefully with Pilates

” The older we get the more we have to work.” Thats something one of my teachers said, and I’ll never forget it. She referred the the human body and the demand we put on it. Another saying that comes to my mind is “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”. Aging is something that’s going to happen even if we fight it, there’s no way around. One of the key signs for a healthy and young body is it’s ability to move well. Doing whatever you want and being able to do so without aches and pains.

What do you still want to do?

Playing tennis, golf, soccer, biking, climbing… walking, playing with the grand children, getting out of the chair without help, getting out of bed…? The list of demands we have can vary from day to day or decade to decade.

Working here in Santa Fe with a clientele that is up to  30 years older than my Brooklyn clients definitely challenges me on many different levels. Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Hip- and Knee replacements (no biggie). Just walking can sometimes be a challenge and it’s not the previous mentioned conditions that make us immobile but should we fall and break a bone can definitely throw a curve ball. I remember my late grandmother being in excellent condition up to the day when she had an unfortunate fall and being bed ridden for many weeks deteriorated her body (and mind) tremendously.

Here is how it’s done:

1. do something every day (walking is a great start)

2. challenge your balance

3. Do Pilates!

4. Do Pilates regularly. If you’re over 60 twice a week for 60min is the minimum if you want to see some results.

5. Start working your body early, don’t wait until you feel the signs of aging limiting your way of life.

 

And here are some great results:

81 years young and doing the Longstretch like a 18 year old. Bravo!

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What would you like to do, and is your body supporting that desire?

My Mom’s testimonial – usually she’s my worst critic…

I spend a 3 week vacation in Santa Fe and worked with Chantall almost every day of my stay here. I’ve had persisting pain in my left leg and hip for months before but after the first Pilates session with Chantall, the pain almost disappeared. The following day I could walk free of pain. After 3 sessions I was climbing up Monte Sol. Taking a class every other day, I did my “homework” on the off-days, and the results were just overwhelming. I was pain free and seem to have lost 10 pounds. Eating more than usual, my figure changed and I gained a waist back that I thought long lost, I am 72 years old, and a waist is just not in the cards at that age… I am completely amazed, my whole outlook on life changed. I am excited to keep my personalized routine as part of my daily activities. Now being back in Germany, my friends can’t stop telling me how great I look. Thank you, Chantall!!!

Marie B., Germany

Thanks Mom, I love you!!!

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#tbt alert, this picture is about 1o years old but it’s my favorite pic with her.